Members

Group Leader
Dr. Bruce P. Lee

Degrees:
PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University
BS, Chemical Engineering, Cornell University

Awards:
2016 Young Investigator Award, Office of Naval Research
2014 Top 10% faculty in instructor rating, Michigan Technological University
2013–14 Continuous Submission Eligibility, National Institutes of Health (substantial service to peer review)
2011 Certificate of Appreciation, American Chemical Society
2008 First Prize Poster: Journal of Endourology/Endourological Society
2007 National Aeronautics and Space Administration Inventor Award
2005 Baxter-Northwestern Early Career Development Award in Bioengineering, Finalist

Email:
bplee (at) mtu (dot) edu

Postdoctoral Researchers
Research Assistants
Yuliang Xu

Degrees:
MS, School of Information Science and Technology, University of Science and Technology of China, 2012
BS, Manufacturing and Automation, North China Institute of Technology, 2009

Awards:
Scholarship, University of Science and Technology of China, 2010

Email:
youlianx (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Develop synthetic polymeric materials that mimics the properties of biological tissues.

PhD Students
Yuan Liu

Degrees:
MS, Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, 2012
BS, Polymer Materials, Sichuan University, 2009

Awards:
Doctoral Finishing Fellowship, MTU Graduate School, 2016

Email:
yliu23 (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

My project involves the development of hydrogel biomaterials with elevated strength and toughness using catecholic adhesive chemistries. Ability for these marine adhesive moieties to form strong reversible bonds is exploited to created hydrogels capable of resisting repeated loading with minimal loss to its initial mechanical properties. The long term goal of this project is to develop new and improved tissue adhesives and extracellular matrices for tissue engineering and repair of tissues that routinely experience large, repeated loads (e.g., cartilage, tendon, and ligament).



Full Bio
Hao Meng

Degrees:
MS, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Kunming Medical University, 2010
BS, Pharmacy, Kunming Medical University, 2007

Awards:
Outstanding Scholarship Award, Department of Biomedical Engineering, MTU, 2016
Doctoral Finishing Fellowship, MTU Graduate School, 2016

Email:
haom (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

I am evaluating preliminary biocompatibility of the mussel inspired adhesive using in vitro cell culture and subcutaneous implantation models. Additionally, I am also working on developing nitric oxide releasing polymers for the development of antimicrobial biomaterials for potential application in soft tissue repair such as hernia repair. Another part of my work is capturing FE-SEM and AFM images for our materials.



Full Bio
Ameya Narkar

Degrees:
BS, Instrumentation Engineering, VES Institute of Technology, 2013
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2015

Awards:
Kenneth L. Stevenson Fellowship, 2014
Honorable Mention, Upper Peninsula American Chemical Society Student Research Symposium, 2015

Email:
arnarkar (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Environmental stimuli responsive smart biomimetic adhesive.

Rattapol Pinnaratip – (Co-Advised with Dr. Rupak Rajachar)

Degrees:
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2015
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Mahidol University, 2011

Awards:
Royal Thai Government Scholarship, 2011-2016

Email:
rpinnara (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

My project involves the development of injectable adhesive hydrogel biomaterials containing silica sol-gel macroparticles. The effect of the macroparticle incorporation on the materials properties and the ability to promote cellular infiltration will be investigated.

Master Students
Zhongtian Zhang

Degrees:
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University, 2016

Email:
zzhang11 (at) mtu (dot) edu

Research Projects:

Use wireless magnetoelastic sensors to track the degradation behavior of bioadhesive in real time.

Undergraduate Students
Madeline Faust

Degrees:
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Expected 2017

Research Projects:

Assess biocompatibility of bioadhesive materials.

Meridith Murley

Degrees:
BS, Biomedical Engineering, Expected 2016

Awards:
Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, MTU, 2014

Research Projects:

Development of tough and compliant hydrogels.

Alumni

Yuting Li

Last Known Location: The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, MIT

 

Randall Wilharm

Last Known Location: Chemistry, Michigan Technological University

 

Audra Winter

Last Known Location: Cambridge Major Laboratories, Inc.

 

Giri K. Vegesna

Last Known Location: University of California, Berkeley

 

Meng-Hsien Lin

Last Known Location: Genesis Genetics Asia Corp., Taiwan

 

Sarah Skelton

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

 

Corey Ernst

Last Known Location: Master of Business Administration program, Michigan Technological University

 

Michael Bostwick

Last Known Location:

 

Xiaochu Ding

Last Known Location: Postdoctoral Researcher, Dr. Yadon Wang’s group, Department of Bioengineering, University of Pittsburg

 

Shari Konst

Last Known Location: PhD Program Chemistry, Purdue University

 

Jonathan Anderson

Last Known Location: PhD Program Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

 

Morgan Cencer

Last Known Location: Chemistry, Michigan Technological University

 

Joseph Gazella

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

 

Rebecca Whitney

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

 

Ryan Sarmiento

Last Known Location: HNTB Corporation

 

Samuel Casey

Last Known Location: Chemical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

 

Hao Zhan

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University

 

Kyle O’Connor

Last Known Location: Biology and Biomedical Science, Grand Valley State University

 

William Weiner

Last Known Location: Biomedical Engineering, Michigan Technological University